Florida Man Ordered to Pay $97 Million for Health Care Fraud

Florida Man Ordered to Pay $97 Million for Health Care Fraud

A federal court in Pennsylvania sentenced a Florida man to pay almost $97 million in compensation.

Daniel Hurt, 59, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was found guilty of conspiring to commit health care fraud and to pay and receive illegal kickbacks, according to a statement made on Tuesday by First Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti. Hurt was sentenced to prison as well as to lose more than $30 million of the proceeds from the sale of a boat and pay over $97 million in restitution.

Information given to the court states that Hurt participated in three distinct schemes of unlawful kickbacks and healthcare fraud.

Hurt began with two healthcare programs designed to assist both former and present military personnel: TRICARE and CHAMPVA. More than $18 million was lost by TRICARE and more than $450,000 by CHAMPVA. Hurt was first charged in Florida, although Pennsylvania was chosen to handle his sentencing.

Later, Hurt participated in a fraud in which Medicare lost over $25 million as a result of the payment of illicit bribes connected to cancer genomic testing. Hurt’s third scheme cost Medicare an additional at least $53.3 million. Though his case was moved to Pennsylvania for sentence, he was first charged in New Jersey.

Hurt was given his term by United States District Judge W. Scott Hardy.

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